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BOBBY RUSH


BIO: Born as Emmit Ellis, Jr. on Novermber 10 n1940 in Homer, Louisiana, Bobby Rush has become a blues legend with a signature sound he calls "Folk Funk". While initially a Chicago blues singer he eventually broke through with his funkified, soul/blues with risqué subject matter. In 1971 he scored a #34 R & B hit with "Chicken Heads" and soon followed that up with regional hits on Jewel Records like "It's Alright", "Bow-Legged Woman, Knock Kneed Man" & "She's A Good'un". Bobby began crafting a unique style that incorporated blues, funk and folk. From Jewel, he went to Warner Brothers then to Philadelphia International Records. By 1982, Rush had signed with LaJam Records out of Jackson, Mississippi, where he released five albums, one of which was the phenomenally successful hit Sue, and became a major attraction in the South. But it was in 1995 that Bobby found a home at Malaco's Waldoxy label. At Waldoxy, he released One Monkey Don't Stop No Show which was nominated for two W. C. Handy Awards. The Living Blues Critics' Poll named him the year's Best Live Performer in 1995. In 1996 and 1997, he captured the Real Blues Magazine Award as The Best Soul/R & B Live Performer. After leaving Waldoxy 2003 was a pivotal year for Rush as he was prominently featured in Richard Pearce's documentary film "The Road To Memphis," broadcast on PBS as part of Martin Scorsese's film series "The Blues" and also saw the launch of his Deep Rush record label. He's released three excellent albums to date on the label. His live shows are a riot with his vaudevillian instincts, horny showmanship, and knack for writing tunes that brim with playful down-home wit.

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by TV News Desk - July 01, 2020

The live music community came together to raise funds and awareness for racial equality with the new one-day, donation-based virtual event, Justice Comes Alive....
BWW Exclusive: THE 101 GREATEST MOTOWN SONGS OF ALL TIME - with Stevie Wonder, Diana Photo BWW Exclusive: THE 101 GREATEST MOTOWN SONGS OF ALL TIME - with Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5 & More
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by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2020

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by Tory Gates - April 15, 2020

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by TV News Desk - February 11, 2020

The B.B. King Blues Band are thrilled to announce their new partnership with The B.B. King Estate. This joint venture now finds the two forces working together to bring the world The B.B. King Experience, the band's new working name. In addition to the upcoming world tour (dates listed below), the s...
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by TV News Desk - November 20, 2019

Recording Academy® President/CEO Deborah Dugan alongside Academy Chair of the Board of Trustees and renowned record producer Harvey Mason Jr., as well as GRAMMY Awards® host Alicia Keys and past two-time GRAMMY® nominee Bebe Rexha, today revealed nominees for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards in select categor...
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by TV News Desk - November 19, 2019

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by TV News Desk - September 04, 2019

Revolutionising the festival landscape with a celebration of art, music, food and ideas that positions it as one of the world's most unique musical experiences, Thailand's sustainable utopia Wonderfruit returns for its sixth edition on 12th-16th December 2019 at The Fields At Siam Country Club, Patt...
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by TV News Desk - July 26, 2019

Renowned soul-blues singer Billy Price, whose new album, Dog Eat Dog, is released on Gulf Coast Records August 2, embarks on a year-long tour in support of the record, with a CD Release Party at Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., Thursday, August 1. Showtime: 8pm. Tickets: $15. Info: (410) 662-0069 or vis...
Bobby Rush to Play Cutting Room in NYC this August Photo Bobby Rush to Play Cutting Room in NYC this August
by TV News Desk - July 25, 2019

The whole world is getting hip to Bobby Rush.  After decades of tearing up the chitlin' circuit on a nightly basis with his sweaty, no-holds-barred funkfests, Bobby has thoroughly broken through to the mainstream. He won a long-overdue 2017 Grammy Award for his spectacular album Porcupine Meat an...
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by BWW News Desk - April 05, 2019

Denver's trash-pop princesses Kissing Party are announcing their return with the upcoming Mom & Dad LP - a thirty one minute collection of everything songwriter Gregg Dolan has ever wanted to say. To introduce Mom & Dad, Kissing Party is debuting the album's first single “Jesse” along with a video, ...
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by BWW News Desk - November 21, 2018

Dexter Allen -www.dexterallen.com- has been selected to be the face/artist for the new/permanent Juke Joint exhibit/room at the prestigious Mississippi Museum of History/Civil Rights see: http://www.mmh.mdah.ms.gov    ...
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by BWW News Desk - November 08, 2018

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by TV News Desk - October 22, 2018

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by BWW News Desk - October 09, 2018

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by BWW News Desk - September 14, 2018

Today, award-winning Mississippi bluesman Cedric Burnside releases his album Benton County Relic. Burnside is the grandson of legendary blues musician R.L. Burnside and still lives close to the Holly Springs, Mississippi home where he was raised by R.L. His first show with his grandfather (affection...
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by BWW News Desk - August 21, 2018

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by TV News Desk - June 29, 2018

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by TV News Desk - June 15, 2018

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by TV News Desk - June 11, 2018

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by TV News Desk - May 16, 2018

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by BWW News Desk - January 17, 2018

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